Wasps: Small, but a significant hazard to aircraft!

Birds and other vertebrates are obvious hazards to aviation at airports. Yet, the threat of invertebrates, like keyhole wasps, is less understood. Brisbane Airport Corporation engaged Ecosure following the discovery of an exotic mud wasp nesting in the pitot tube of an aircraft. Our Managing Director Phil Shaw and former Principal Ecologist Alan House (now with collaborative partner Eco Logical Australia) wrote a scientific paper on a 39 month study on the mud-nesting keyhole wasp (Pachodynerus nasidens) at Brisbane Airport. The paper is due for release in PLOS One this week. Discovery of the problem? In 2013, an Airbus A330 prepared to take…

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Our unique wallum frogs and the challenges they face

Wallum frogs are specialist frog species that live in coastal wallum habitats of eastern Australia. They are unique in that they are able to live and breed in naturally highly acidic wetlands, typically pH 3.0 – 5.0, and include four species: the wallum sedge frog (Litoria olongburensis), the Cooloola sedge frog (L. cooloolensis), the wallum rocketfrog (L. freycineti), and wallum froglet (Crinia tinnula). Wallum frogs are restricted to coastal wallum habitats which are characterised by freshwater coastal foredune swamps, lagoon systems and associated vegetation communities occurring on low nutrient sandy soils of eastern Australia. Some wallum vegetation communities include Banksia…

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Ecosure sets up new South Pacific Office in Vanuatu!

Senior Ecologist Nigel Cotsell is bringing Ecosure’s ecological services to the South Pacific having recently set up a new office in Port Vila on the island of Efate. Nigel brings 25 years of experience in conservation planning from across the Pacific having lived, worked and played in many Pacific Island nations. Nigel has a wealth of experience and knowledge from a diverse range of environmental portfolios. For the last 10 years Nigel has been operating as a senior manager across a range of Natural Resource Management portfolios with a demonstrated track record of providing direction and achieving results through multidisciplinary…

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Ecosure upgrades to ISO45001 for Safety

Keeping such a diverse team safe across the variety of projects we deliver is no mean feat. But alas, Ecosure has recently upgraded its ISO Certification for Safety to ISO45001 to ensure our systems and processes are continually reviewed and improved to support all our activities, no matter where they’re undertaken. Ecosure has an Integrated Management System (IMS) for Environmental Management, Quality and Safety. The IMS documents the activities we undertake to manage risks and continuously improve our performance. It includes compliance, monitoring, auditing, reviewing and reporting processes and how these are incorporated into all levels of our business operations.…

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Thinning vegetation in Queensland 2020

Did you know that regulated vegetation (Category B, Category C, Category R) on your property can still be thinned under Queensland’s vegetation management framework? Thinning vegetation in Category B requires a Development Approval process under the State Development Assessment Provisions, including: A Relevant Purposes Application Form under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 (VMA) An application fee of $3,373 (as of October 2020) Evidence that the vegetation is thickened, including: On ground tree counts and A comparison site of the same ecosystem that is not thickened Responding to performance outcomes under SDAP State code 16: Native vegetation clearing; including Wetlands buffers Watercourse buffers…

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How much does the world invest in biodiversity conservation in Indo-Burma?

The Indo-Burma region (Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and parts of southern China) is one of the world’s top biodiversity “hotspots” – home to large numbers of species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. However, with the region’s large (and rapidly growing) human population, and intense pressure on its natural ecosystems, many of these species are threatened with extinction. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) has invested tens of millions of dollars in biodiversity conservation initiatives in Indo-Burma since 2008, guided by a strategy document known as an ecosystem profile. CEPF recently engaged Ecosure to…

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